Resources: March Speakers Forum – Solving Cold Cases using Forensic Genetic Genealogy

Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD, is a leader in the exciting field of forensic genetic genealogy.

She has worked dozens of cold case homicides as a consultant to law enforcement using DNA and the genealogy databases to identify murder suspects as well as deceased persons (John or Jane Does) who are victims of accidents, homicides, or unusual circumstances, sometimes decades after the death.

She is the founder of Identifinders International and she co-founded the DNA Doe Project. She is the author of  Forensic Genealogy and DNA and Genealogy.

She has appeared in hundreds of domestic and international newspapers and magazines, as well as on radio and television programs, including The Today Show, CNN, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and Scientific American.

The work of the DNA Doe Project to identify “Lavender Doe,” a victim of rape and murder in Texas, was featured on NBC’s Dateline on March 18. Click here to view the segment.